Now if I had been paying attention to our tour guide, Mrs. Duck, I would know exactly where I took these images. I think this may be the Monastery of Saint Jerome but I am not 100% sure. I love wandering around cathedrals, monasteries and the like. Even better if there is good music on offer. I have many happy memories of concerts in Winchester Cathedral. Usually it is possible to be awed both by the grand scale of the building itself and the intricate carvings and detail that are to be found. Here are examples of both.
The next shot shows a little camera shake – I shot this at 1/25s, way below what is acceptable. I was also shooting at F2.8 with shallow DoF. I desperately needed more light.
For a photographer it is immensely frustrating trying to do justice to these buildings. Flash is not allowed, which I understand and support. Tripods are also usually banned although sometimes a permit may be purchased. So we plod on, looking for support wherever we can find it, reducing shutter speeds and stretching ISO and DoF as far as we dare. The wide dynamic range is also a challenge. Light floods through the windows illuminating some areas, whilst others are deep in the shadows. Stained glass windows are always tricky. I did not try here. You may recall this shot:
Look carefully at the window above my friend. Burnt out. No detail. I have recovered the shadow detail as best I can and used the contrast with the pool of light he is about to step into to try and give some sort of ethereal feel to this. I find monochrome works better in these instances and hides a multitude of sins.
Shooting at ISO 3200 is always a stretch and at least one of these images was at 1/15s. That is a long, long time to keep a camera steady without support. Good luck if you try church interiors and my best advice is ‘brace yourself’!